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'The Duke Has Landed' — Giuliana Rancic Is a New Mom!

by Leigh Ann Woodruff, August 30, 2012

Giuliana and Bill Rancic are the proud parents of their new baby boy Edward Duke!

Edward Duke was born in Denver, CO, via a gestational surrogate. According to reports, the Rancics were in the delivery room during the four-hour labor and birth, and he was born at 10:12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29.

Bill announced Edward Duke's birth on Twitter:

    "The 'Duke' has landed! Edward Duke Rancic was welcomed into the world last night at 7lbs 4oz. G & I feel blessed beyond words...We did it!"

Giuliana Rancic is an E! News anchor and Bill Ranic is the first Apprentice winner. The couple was married in 2007 and began trying to get pregnant in 2010. They underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) and experienced miscarriage. Throughout their struggle, they shared their story in order to educate others about infertility. They also considered adoption and took a much-publicized "break" from IVF.

Then In October 2011, when getting ready to undergo another round of IVF, doctors found early stage breast cancer. She was treated with surgery and radiation, and the couple decided to have a child via gestational surrogate because there could be risks to her health from the fertility drugs used during IVF.

In April 2012, the Rancics announced they were expecting a baby via gestational surrogacy, and in June they announced it was a boy.

Gestational surrogacy is the type of surrogacy that is most used today. The surrogate is a "gestational carrier" and gives birth to a baby created with the egg and sperm from the "intended parents," or from a donor egg and sperm. The gestational carrier is not related to the child genetically.

Edward Duke was born in Colorado, a state that currently has no statutes that deal with the issue of surrogacy; however, there are statutes that deal with assisted reproductive technology (ART, which can be found in Chapter 19 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

The statute affirms that the husband of a couple who conceive a child through donor sperm can be considered the child’s natural father, and the mother of a couple who conceive a child through donor eggs can be considered the child’s natural mother. However, the statute explicitly excludes surrogacy from this statute, by addressing women who seek “to conceive a child for herself, not as a surrogate.”

Couples interested in gestational surrogacy can find information from fertility clinics, attorneys and private agencies. FertilityAuthority can help you with information if you are looking for information on the surrogacy process — just click here.

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